When planning your renovation, it is important to evaluate what basement ceiling options are available and which of those options make the most practical sense for your finished basement while considering your future renovation plans and local building code requirements.
Smooth drywall ceilings are the most widely used option because of the reflectiveness of basement ceiling lights, fire-rating, and the clean-modern look.
Although smooth drywall is the most common type of basement ceiling, it is inaccessible for future improvements unless it is removed and re-installed, which can be a real pain, costly and messy.
On the contrary, drop ceilings still remain a decent choice amongst basement ceiling options due to their ease of accessibility, simple installation, and style.
Drop ceilings have come a long way over the years, with decorative patterns, textures, and colors, but it must be noted that they are not a stand-alone solution because drywall is still required around bulkheads and ceiling areas that have obstructions.
When designing and planning your finished basement there are so many considerations beyond flooring, paint, and cabinet styles.
It is important to think about future improvements, such as; running a gas line for a main floor gas stove, fireplace or exterior BBQ, installing electrical conduits so you can bring power to the exterior of the home for a hot tub, cabana house, exterior lighting and so much more.
If these considerations are made early enough, then smooth drywall ceilings are usually the best of the basement ceiling options.
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